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Confucianism and Christianity
Interreligious Dialogue on the Theology of Mission



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November 29, 2020 Forthcoming by Routledge
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Book Description

This book reflects on three broad themes of Confucian-Christian relations to assist in the appreciation of the church’s theology of mission. While the themes of this volume are theological in orientation, the dialogue is engaged in from an interdisciplinary approach that prioritises the act of listening.

Part I surveys the historical background necessary for an adequate understanding of the contemporary Confucian-Christian dialogues. It examines the history of Confucian-Christian relations, explores the Chinese Rites Controversy, and delineates the contemporary task of indigenizing Christianity by Sino-Christian theologians. Part II compares elements in the Confucian and Christian traditions that exemplify the epitome and fullness of spiritual development. It discusses the Confucian practice of rites (li), interrogates how the noble or exemplary person (junzi) competes, and outlines the Confucian understanding of sageliness (shengren). Lastly, Part III examines different aspects of the church’s engagements with the world outside of itself. It advocates for a Confucian-Christian hermeneutic of moral goodness, attends to the Confucian emphasis on moral self-cultivation, proposes that Confucian virtue ethics can shed light on Christian moral living, and offers a Confucian-Christian understanding of care for mother earth.

This book is ideally suited to lecturers and students of both Christian studies and Confucian studies, as well as those engaged in mission studies and interfaith studies. It will also be a valuable resource for anyone interested in comparative religious and theological studies on Christianity and Confucianism.

Table of Contents

Notes on Contributors

Foreword

Peter Phan

Introduction

Edmund Chia

PART I: SURVEY AND HISTORY

1 History of Confucian-Christian Relations

Edmund Chia

2 Confucian Ancestor Veneration and the Chinese Rites Controversy

Jonathan Tan

3 The Faith Identity of Contemporary Sino-Christian Theology

Jason Lam

PART II: EXEMPLARS AND EXCELLENCE

4 Contribution of Confucian Rites (li) to Christian Liturgical Life

Sung-Hae Kim

5 Sports and Educating to Fraternal Humanism: How the Junzi Competes

Jude Chua

6 Becoming a Shengren: A Confucian-Christian Appraisal of the Sage/Saint

Anh Tran

PART III: MISSIO AD EXTRA

7 The Transformative Mission of God: A Confucian-Christian Vision

K. K. Yeo

8 Mission as Witness: Confucian Insights for a Church in Crisis

Stephanie Wong

9 Confucian-Christian Dialogue on Social Ethics and Moral Living

Mary Yuen

10 Laudato Si and Confucian-Christian Dialogue on the Ecology

Anselm Min

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Biography

Edmund Kee-Fook Chia is a Senior Lecturer at the School of Theology at the Australian Catholic University, Australia. He headed the interreligious dialogue office of the Asian Bishops from 1996-2004. He then taught at Catholic Theological Union in Chicago and since 2011 has been on the faculty of the Australian Catholic University. His is author of World Christianity Encounters World Religions (2018) and a forthcoming book by Routledge on Asian Christianity.